Bengaluru: A deputy superintendent of police in Karnataka committed suicideby hanging himself from the ceiling at a private lodge on Thursday.
Mandapanda Kushalappa Ganapathy (52), who was posted at the office of the Inspector-General (Western Range) in Mangaluru, killed himself after leaving behind a suicide note, Madikeri police said. He was in his uniform when he found dead.
Ganapathy is the second DSP of Karnataka police to end his life in the past three days. On Tuesday, Chikkamagaluru Rural DSP Kallappa Handibag, 35, hanged himself in his in-laws’ residence in Murgod town of Belagavi district. Handibag had been named in a case of kidnap and extortion.
Sources in Mangaluru police said Ganapathy was “very disturbed” for some time but never revealed his problems to anyone.
In his suicide note, Ganapathy allegedly blamed a senior police officer and an influential politician in Dakshina Kannada for his taking the extreme step. Ganapathy also alleged that the officer was seeking money for giving him a clean chit in a church-related case which Ganapathy handled seven years ago. However, police officers declined to reveal anything about the contents of the note.
Ganapathy arrived in Madikeri around 10am Thursday and checked into Vinayaka Lodge. He later left for an interview with a local TV channel and returned to his room in the afternoon. The interview was telecast around 8pm. He committed suicide hours after he gave the interview to a local TV channel, sources claimed. In the interview, he alleged he was being harassed by two senior police officers and a minister and they should be held responsible if something happens to him.
Around 8.30pm, hotel employees noticed that Ganapathy’s room had been locked for a long time and peeped into the window to find him hanging. They immediately alerted police, who broke open the door and sent the body for post mortem. Kodagu SP P Rajendra Prasad said Ganapathy was found hanging in Room No 12 on the third floor of the lodge.
DGP Omprakash told media he would get everything investigated before commenting on what led to the suicide.